The Intercultural Programs feature speakers, artists, films, and other activities that address multiple and intersecting identities. These co-curricular programs enhance classroom learning and raise awareness about social justice. All programs take place in Delphine Lounge, unless otherwise noted.

January 2015 Programs 

Wed, 1/14 • Jesse Saperstein: "Getting a Life with Asperger's" • 1-2:30 p.m. • Hagerty Lounge

Diagnosed at age fourteen with Asperger's, Jesse Saperstein shares his personal experiences that eventually led him to become an autism advocate, a best-selling author, a highly sought-after motivational speaker, and one of today's most respected leaders in the Anti-Bullying Movement.

Tues, 1/27  Bro Culture: Misogyny and Gender Violence in the Real World • 5-7 p.m. 

"Filmmaker Thomas Keith, a professor of philosophy at California State University, Long Beach, provides an engrossing look at the forces in male culture that condition boys and men to dehumanize and disrespect women. Whether he's looking at movies and music videos that glamorize womanizing, pornography that trades in the brutalization of women, comedians who make fun of sexual assault, or the recent groundswell in men's magazines and cable TV shows that revel in reactionary myths of American manhood, the message Keith uncovers in virtually every corner of our "entertainment" culture is clear: that it's not only normal -- but cool -- for boys and men to control and humiliate women. Along the way, The Bro Code makes a powerful case that there's nothing normal, natural, or inevitable about this toxic ideal of American manhood, and challenges young people to fight back against the resurgent idea that being a "bro" -- and a man -- means glorifying sexism, bullying, and abuse." 

Alejandro Covarrubias, Assistant Director of the Intercultural Centers at the University of San Francisco, facilitates the post-screening discussion.

Fall 2014 Programs 

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Thurs, 9/4 • IC Open House • 5-6:30 p.m.

Learn why diversity rocks! Grab free food, win door prizes, & find out more about IC programs & leadership opportunities. Also participate in a photo project where you get to tell everyone what you think #SocialJusticeIs...


Tues, 9/9 • First Gen'ers: Breaking Educational & Economic Barriers • 5-7 p.m.

First Generation explores the challenges of navigating the college experience for students who are the first in their family to pursue higher education. Marisol Silva, SEAS Specialist & Coordinator for Latino/a Student Achievement, & Mark Bautista, School of Ed & Ethnic Studies Faulty, lead a post-screening discussion of this award-winning documentary.

Thurs, 9/11 • Invest—Examining Educational & Economic Inequality • 5-7 p.m. 

Engage in "controversy with civility" at this student-facilitated dialogue about inequalities within the U.S. education system. 

Sat, 9/20 @ 9 a.m. — Sun 9/21 @ 5 p.m. • Diversity Retreat • San Damiano Retreat Center in Danville

Diversity club reps & IC Staff spend the weekend off-campus, engaging in intercultural dialogues & ally-building activities. 

Wed, 9/24 • Celebrating Latinas Luncheon • 1-2:30 p.m. - Primary Sponsor: WRC

Latina alums share struggles & triumphs of their journeys as students to social justice practitioners. 

Thursday, 9/25 • College Success & Equity for All • 5:30-8:30 p.m. • Soda Center - Primary Sponsor: KSOE, SSTE, & Academic Affairs 

A Professor of Education at UCLA, Dr. Tyrone Howard is also the Founder & Director of the Black Male Institute, which seeks to transform the systematic conditions that impact African American male achievement in the P-20 Pipeline. Dr. Howard shares his latest research findings & proven strategies in recruiting & retaining Black male students as well as other historically marginalized groups.

Wed, 10/1 • Safe Zone 1 • 1-2:30 p.m.

Want to learn more about the LGBTQIA community, what those letters mean, & what it means to practice ally behavior? Then sign up for a Safe Zone 1 workshop at If you've already completed Safe Zone 1 & want to learn more, then contact Travis S. Becker, IC Assistant Director at (925) 631-8358. 

Wed, 10/1 Interfaith Engagement and the Emerging Culture of Peace • 7-9 p.m. • Soda Center - Primary Sponsor: CERP  

Reverend Deborah Maldow shares her insight as the United Nations International Day of Peace Committee Co-Chair & Representative for the World Peace Prayer Society. 

Thurs, 10/9 • Invest — Healthcare, Hobby Lobby, & Social Justice • 5-7 p.m.

Engage in "controversy with civility" at this student-facilitated dialogue about social justice issues & health care coverage. 

Sat, 10/11 • IC 10-YEAR ANNIVERSARY HIGHLIGHT: Leadership & Social Justice Conference with Keynote Speaker Cornel West • 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. -Primary Sponsor: CILSA

Through interactive breakout sessions, lunch, networking, & a keynote presentation by Dr. Cornel West, this year's conference aims to equip & inspire SMC & Bay Area college students to work for the common good. Dr. West focuses on confronting the new Jim Crow & income inequality in America. (Registration required at 

Thurs, 10/16 • Healthcare in the Hands of the Few • 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Who's really in charge of your health? Dr. Ali Rezapour & Rachel Garcia from Health & Wellness along with Pedro Ramirez from Admissions explain how healthcare policies are made & how this decisions negatively affects disadvantaged communities. 

Tues, 11/4 • Violence & Vixens in Video Games & Comic Books • 5-7 p.m.

From Super Mario Bros to Grand Theft Auto, from X-Men to the Avengers, video games & comic books have notoriously depicted women, LGBTQIA individuals, & people of color in stereotypical ways, if at all. Kristen Marshall, comic fanatic & San Francisco social justice advocate, examines the (mis)representation of marginalized communities within this industry & its impact on the various identities that make up today's gamers & comic book fans. 

Thurs, 11/6 • Safe Zone 1 • 5-7 p.m.

Want to learn more about the LGBTQIA community, what those letters mean, & what it means to practice ally behavior? Then sign up for a Safe Zone 1 workshop at If you've already completed Safe Zone 1 & want to learn more, then contact Travis S. Becker, IC Assistant Director at (925) 631-8358. 

Tues, 11/11 • Culture, Class & Care: Ageism in the 21st Century • 5-7 p.m.

Different cultures view aging & caring for the elderly in vastly different ways. Mary McCall, Program Director of Ethnic Studies, explores how culture & socioeconomic status impact elderly care in our modern society.

Thurs, 11/13 • Invest — Culture, Class & Care: Ageism in the Workplace • 5-7 p.m.

Engage in "controversy with civility" across generation gaps at this student-facilitated dialogue about ageism in the work place & its effects on people of all ages. 

Wed, 11/19 • Tribute to Women of African Descent • 1-2:30 p.m. - Primary Sponsor: WRC

Alums of African descent reflect on how their past, present & future tie together. 

Fri, 11/21 • Diversity Dance • 7-11:30 p.m. • Crowne Plaza Concord

The Diversity Organization Council & the IC host an off-campus, semi-formal dinner & dance that is open to the SMC community & their guests. Tickets go on sale at noon on Oct. 31st at

Tues, 12/2 • Cross-Cultural Romance: The Realities of Interracial Dating • 5-7 p.m.

The 1967 Loving vs. Virginia case ruled that state laws prohibiting interracial marriage were unconsitutional. Nearly half a century later, dating across cultures can still be difficult to navigate. Are you currently in an interracial relationship, or did you grow up in an interracial family? The IC is looking for panelists to share their stories!

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